Oaxaca is one of Mexico's most treasured states. It is deeply rooted in indigenous roots and has an incredible feeling of this throughout the state. The streets are so bright and vibrant with culture and pride of everyone who lives in Oaxaca! Below, you will find all sorts of information on what to do, where to stay, and (of course) places to eat!
What to Do
♦ Roam the Mercado 20 de Noviembre-- Below, you'll find a bit more information on exactly how to figure out the meat section of this market, but there is so much more to explore! In this market, I really enjoy sipping a refreshing "tejate" drink. To me, this is most similar to chocolate milk with a nice, creamy butter on top. Sounds a little strange as I type this--but its delicious! Ask anywhere in the market where to find this! Also, tlayudas! This is a specialty from Oaxaca and there are several places in the market to try one! Address: 20 de Noviembre 512, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez
♦ Wander the Pedestrian Streets-- This is our favorite thing to do in new cities, especially vibrant and lively places like Oaxaca. You can start at the Templo de Santo Domingo and make your way all the way to the market/zócalo area. Plenty of shopping and restaurants along the way! Address of Santo Domingo: Calle de Macedonio Alcalá s/n, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez
♦ Visit Teotitlán del Valle-- This small community on the outskirts of Oaxaca City is known for their talents in making wool. There are tons of great places to explore here and also, the main town is a neat place to see as well! Note: you can take a taxi here or there are also lots of tours that include a stop in Teotitán during the tour. These tours were around $200 pesos (about $10.50 USD), lasted all day, and stopped in different places around the state. These tours can be booked in the main Zócalo area directly with tour operators.
Where to Stay
It is important to note that the city of Oaxaca celebrates one of the biggest events in all of Mexico, called La Guelaguetza during late July each year. If you are planning to visit the city during this time, we would highly recommend booking a hotel WELL in advance, as they fill up quickly. Planning to visit Oaxaca another time during the year? Booking a hotel should be easy! Here are two we highlighted recommend--
♦ Hotel Parador Monte Carmelo-- This hotel is located just one street away from the big cathedral, but it is tucked so nicely that it remains so quiet and peaceful yet still only just a block or two from all the action of the vibrant streets! You can book Hotel Parade Monte Carmelo by clicking here.
♦ Hotel Trebol-- Hotel Trebol is located right smack dab in the middle of all of the action! Just near the main Zócalo, this place is in the perfect location to spend your time in Oaxaca! You can book Hotel Trebol by clicking here.
♦ Casa Bonita Boutique Hotel & Spa-- Looking for absolute luxury?! This place is, without a doubt, the nicest place we have ever stayed in Mexico! We took a sponsored trip with Visit Mexico and the state of Oaxaca and had the opportunity to stay at this incredible property. Perfection, ambience, and luxury...need I say more?! You can book Casa Bonita by clicking here.
Where to Eat
♦ Chocolate Mayordomo--This place is a classic all throughout Oaxaca. We really enjoy their breakfast, but they also served lunch and dinner. They specialize in chocolate so..the rest is history. Bonus: you can buy little chocolates at the front to enjoy when you're away from Mayordomo...unless we bought them all :) Address to our favorite location: Francisco Javier Mina 219, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez
♦ Mercado 20 de Noviembre-- This market is unlike anything we have ever seen! This place works sort of similar to a cafeteria. You wander down the long aisle, gazing at each vendor's selection, and choose some meat that looks yummy. You will order your meat directly from the vendor and then they will cook it and bring it to your table. You order tortillas from a different lady, and you order and choose salsas from a third group of people! Seems a little confusing at first, but judging by how much meat Greg ate, well worth it! Address: 20 de Noviembre 512, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez
♦ Txalaparta-- This is sort of a dive bar type place with several different rooms serving up not only different drinks, but atmospheres as well. While in Oaxaca, you must have some mezcal (obviously) and this place creates some pretty neat cocktails! Address: Mariano Matamoros 208, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez
We hope that you enjoy your time in Oaxaca! As always, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions you may have.
Until next time, Have Less. Do More. Be More.